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Old 03-05-2007, 01:32 PM   #11
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Vinegar should work if Apple Cider only. Also most of the reasons for tomatoe juce not working is to leave it soak on the dog a good 10 minutes, it works about 85%. Work deep into the coats of the dogs sprayed. Apple cider works as our neighbor used it and when done no odor at all. Let the dog soak a bit with whatever your bathing in, give it a chance to get into the undercoat to the skin.
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If I'm using tomato juice, I mix it with vodka, a pinch of celery salt, a little Worcestershire sauce, and drink that while I make up the peroxide solution...
ROLF!!! I could use one of those right now!
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That is funny BoxMe, we all could right, sounds good? Here is basically what Dobermons said:


The old folk remedy for skunk smell removal is tomato juice. The reason this was passed down through the generations is that it worked! Skunk spray is alkaline, and acidic tomato juice will neutralize the alkaline odor. One of my dogs was once sprayed by a skunk in August when the garden was full of ripe tomatoes, and not having any tomato juice in the house, and it (of course) being midnight, I ran out and picked half a dozen tomatoes off the vine, cut them in half and rubbed them over the dog, who I had put in the bathtub. It worked! The only problem is that when she shook, tomato seeds and pulp flew all over the bathroom and it looked like a horror movie.
To make your own on-the-spot deskunk remedy, look for mild, acidic ingredients. The best choice is a mild, acid-based detergent, such as those made for washing wool. Infinity Heavenly Horsetail is one brand with a pH of 4.5, no synthetic perfume, and it works wonderfully. A rinse made of a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 organic apple cider vinegar could work, too, but make sure not to get such acidic ingredients in the dog's eyes.
A number of veterinarian sites on the internet, and the book, Storey's Basics Country Skills, A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance , recommend the following do-it-yourself recipe for deskunking your dog. Most supermarkets carry all of these ingredients. Note that this is an alkaline recipe, so it works on a different principle than that of tomato juice.
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1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 teaspoon liquid soap
Wet the dog, and work the formula through their fur. Leave the mixture to et on the dog for four or five minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Throw out any leftover remedy. I feel the main thing to do is soaking a bit with whatever you can grab or mix up then rinse well, use a condition, blow dry and spray with dog cologne and I think its going to be A-OK.
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hehehe....you knew I couldn't leave this alone...

Paul Krebaum, a materials engineer with the Molex Corporation, is responsible for the peroxide/baking soda/detergent solution.

The original recipe is the one Sandi posted:
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent
1/4 cup baking soda

Mix the liquid ingredients in a large, open container. Add the baking soda and watch for an immediate, vigorous reaction. Apply while the mixture is actively foaming and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with tap water.

Other recipes are variations on this one. Krebaum's recipe was created to neutralize solutions containing hydrogen sulfide, and was found to work on skunk spray.

Why acid solutions work:
Mildly acidic solutions cut the oily skunk spray residue and lift it off the fur and skin. They do little or nothing to neutralize the odor, but they do remove a lot of it. This is why the smell is greatly reduced, but not eliminated, after application of mildly acidic solutions like water/vinegar, tomato juice, etc. Some acidic solutions will be more effective than others at lifting the oil out of the fur.

Why the peroxide/baking soda/detergent solution works:
This solution actually neutralizes the odor-causing agents in the skunk spray. The peroxide and baking soda produce oxygen and oxidizing solution. The oxygen reacts with the thiols in the skunk spray to convert them to sulfonic acids that have little or no odor. The detergent cuts the oily residue and lifts it off the skin and fur. Common household chorine bleach will also neutralize skunk spray on inanimate objects, but is not suitable for application on animals.

So, I would say Pat's right, because the acid solutions are effective at removing the majority of the skunk spray residue. And Sandi's right, because the peroxide solution effectively neutralizes the skunk odor, and removes the residue. And Jean's right, because her approach applies both methods, and would be effective on a dog that had been sprayed at point blank range.
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I use Woolite it works GREAT!
http://www.hilltopanimalhospital.com/skunkoder.htm

I personally wont use the peroxide mixture because it can discolor/bleach your dog and although the hair will grow back I just don't like the idea. JMO
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Tiff, I have never had a problem with 3% hydrogen peroxide. The stuff they use in salons is 20-30% Peroxide so you would need to leave the 3% stuff on for a very long time and it is not even chemically the same stuff.

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...I personally wont use the peroxide mixture because it can discolor/bleach your dog and although the hair will grow back I just don't like the idea. JMO
I had the chance to see a black Greyhound treated for skunk odor, and the solution worked like a charm. We saw no signs of bleaching or discoloration. Then, we took him out in the sun, and discovered a faint, brownish discoloration where the peroxide had been applied. The owner's feeling was that a slight discoloration was preferable to the skunk odor, and the discoloration disappeared over time.
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Thats why I suggest woolite!!!!! 2 of my dogs were sprayed by a skunk directly in the face/chest about 1-2 months ago and woolite works great.
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